Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Apple brandy there, its fine as an old ale, some apple brandy, but not all that bold taste, its subdued. No head, bit above average mouthfeel, smooth. Appropriate carbonation.Neutral aromas. This would have been good only by itself on a night in front of the fireplace.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD.

Pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with a lasting one-finger cream-colored head.

Sweet and malty on the aroma. Smells excellent. Caramel, toffee, spice, cocoa, oak, vanilla, and brandy.

Damn the flavor on this one is incredible. The base beer really comes through, with some of the sweetness restrained. Caramel, toffee, winter spice, and vanilla. On top of that you get amazing barrel notes of oak and brandy, along with some candied fruits and earthiness. Just awesome.

Very full-bodied, smooth, and creamy on the palate. Some considerable alcohol warmth.

Just an amazing beer overall. One of the highlights of DLD, and that's really saying something.

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3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cajun Cafe. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Dark amber. Murky. Small khaki head.

Smell - Brandy aroma. Wouldn't have guessed apple brandy without being told. It is pretty sweet smelling though. Lots of caramel.

Taste - A ton of brandy. More appley here. Fruity flavors. Sweet caramel malt. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy. Sweet and syrupy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The base beer is still prevalent, as this thing is still very sweet. The barrel adds a nice dimension though.

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4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz swingtop filled by an amazing BA. You know who you be bro! Served in a tulip and shared with fellow BA infestaxion.

A: Two fingers of creamy white, frothy foam. Fades a little slow, but leaves a nice layer floating on-top. Pours a very attractive looking murky mahogany. Lacing is top tier.

S: Plenty of sweet, sweet candied caramel apple notes. The apple brandy definitely shines through here. Dark fruits like raisins, plums and figs are also present. Some biscuit maltiness is there as well, but is mostly overwhelmed by the overall sweetness.

T: Much of what I detailed above translates into the taste. The apple brandy barrel aging adds quite a bit of sweet, apple caramel flourishes. Some toffee, vanilla and some dark fruits are also present. Every sip seems to bring out some other subdued complexity. For the most part the alcohol is non- existent, but occasionally you get a small tinge of heat. Fantastic.

M: Big bodied. Carbonation is medium/low, but perfect for this barrel aged style. Insanely smooth, creamy and a little chewy. Absolutely top notch.

D: 9%-10%??? Whichever it is, it's pretty much null and void. This beer is one of the easiest drinking big beers I've ever had. In fact I'd call it very dangerous. I had to savor mine to make it last.

Just Wow. I heard this one was a stunner, and it certainly turned out to be one. Another amazing brew from Cigar City. This one deserves to get bottled and enjoyed by the masses. Seek this out, you won't regret it!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Greg, just wow. Unreal that I got a chance to get a growler of this one. To say I was the happiest man alive when I cracked it this afternoon would be a gross injustice. Served chilled and poured into a my nice ten ounce foothills glass, this one was consumed on 02/07/2010.

Pours the darkest of garnet color with hardly a head at all. Some minor lacing clings to the top of the glass and leaves the tiniest bit of fine lacing around the sides. But looks can be terribly, terribly deceiving.

Here is where it gets hard, as this is nearly beyond description. Aroma starts out soft, subtle, delicate, vanilla and caramel being big players here as well as subtle dark fruit notes that just build and build. Before you can even breath there is a tremendous apple aroma coming at you, fresh, ripe fruit is now taking over. Incredible. Each sip seems to bring a new complexity to it that is simply awe inspiring and surreal. Rich fresh fruit, ripe apple, star fruit, vanilla and oak notes. Brandy now running wild in the background, what the hell is this. I cant put it down, there are touches of grape skin now, subtle molasses and brown sugar notes, but it all comes back to rich, oak soaked apple flavor. Just the ripest of fruit, liken to a walk through an orchard. Not sure where the alcohol is, but surely not in here.

Overall I am simply amazed at what is going on here. There is more working on levels I did not know existed. Again, just insanely lucky to have been able to try this. More people should have.

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4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O.k. I've been cherishing my snifter of this beer for 15 minutes now but I have yet to taste it. What is wrong with the people at Cigar City? Why are they so diabolical? This beer is the end result of Joey's insistance that beer can be better if you try harder and Wayne's mad scientist talents. Amazing caramel apple-y aroma, unique and unbelievable. The taste is effing stunning.

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3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Sweet and full of brandy. I'm getting lots of dark fruit and some alcohol as well.

Taste: This is a very sweet beer, which tends to be true of brandy beers. Caramel and some mild apple flavor. I'm getting dark fruit and warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with tingly carbonation and a finish that is more dry than I expected.

Overall: The apple brandy was a nice addition to this beer. It was very sweet, but I enjoyed it. I would have another given a chance.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to taster glass at ChurchKey DC on 6/7/12
*From notes

A: Clean rich ruby in hue. No real head, lacing or collar top the beer.

S: I'm getting a lot of two to three year cellared and raisinated english barleywine. There's a touch of apple, and a good amount of dessert liqueur.

T: Man, this is like diabetes in a glass. Extremely sweet. Gallons of syrupy sugar cling to the walls of my mouth. As it moves back, I get a sizable amount of lightly toasted grain. It's not hard to pick up on the apple brandy either, as it smothers the beer. The finish is boozy and kinda hot.

M: Thick and rich yet it's slightly undercarbonated. I'm not gonna knock it too much, as this most likely is a by-product of the barrel aging.

O: If you like beer with your dessert or a robusto cigar, this one's for you. A little went a long, long way. A pleasant sipper on cooler nights for sure. And if CCB ever bottles this, be sure to split it with friends, as a full 750mL would likely put you into a sugar coma.

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